Dr. Jessica Wu’s ‘Feed Your Face’ Review

Feed Your Face

“Feed Your Face” is refreshing for a skincare book read. I have spent more time than I would like to admit in doctor offices over the last few years for issues ranging from thyroid disease to back injuries. The one thing I am always shocked by (but perhaps shouldn’t be) is the lack of focus on the role diet and nutrition plays in your health. Don’t get me wrong, I am not someone who downplays the fantastic tools and assistance available by traditional western medicine, but I am downright angry at its’ discount of how you can help yourself, your conditions, and your overall wellness by also paying attention to what you put in your body. Nutrition is important! What’s better, I found a book that gets it. Dr. Jessica Wu’s book, “Feed Your Face”, is the first publication I have found in quite some time that is research and science based but talks conversationally about how you can help support your skin health with what you are eating (as well as offering a few other treatment suggestions).

Dr. Wu comes across as approachable, realistic, and relatable. For occupying the often times conservititve medical profession, she does a good job of setting herself apart as a unique individual by telling the reader about her specific interests, inspirations, and struggles, which makes this a more interesting read than coming from a place of faceless (pun intended) authority. I’ve read some reviews in which Wu gets criticized for touting her schooling or her client list. That, however, didn’t bother me in reading this book and I found her practice and training experience interesting.

About Dr. Wu

A Harvard-trained dermatologist, Dr. Wu’s practice caters to the skincare of Hollywood’s elite beauties and celebrities. She is no stranger to specific needs and requirements tailored to the individual. From an interview with EverydayHealth.com, she explains,

Feed Your Face is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, clear acne, soothe rashes, and minimize the signs of sun damage — all while helping jump-start your metabolism and stabilize your blood sugar.”

Dr-Jessica-Wu-DermatologistIn the book, Dr. Wu also gives advice for specific skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and varying inflammatory responses. There are a lot of diet recommendations in “Feed Your Face” and as with anything, you have to remember that you know your body best. What works for one or most people, might not work for you. This book gives some good guidance and jumping off points to start your own Food-As-Skincare plan. If you are interested in how nutrition affects your skin, I recommend you give this a read. In fact, I lost my first copy and bought another hard copy to have on hand for reference. Keep this on the shelf at easy reach; you will use it often.

To learn more about Dr. Jessica Wu and her practice visit her website.


*As with all products/books I’ve written about, I purchased this book with my own money and have not accepted any payment for endorsement.


Top 12 Essential Oils for Healthy Skin

Skincare and Essential Oils

One of the simplest and most natural ways to care for your skin is incorporating essential oils. Here are the top 12 essential oils (in alphabetical order) essential to your skin’s health:

  1. Bergamot
  2. Cedarwood
  3. Chamomile
  4. Frankincense
  5. Geranium
  6. Lavender
  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  8. Myrrh
  9. Neroli
  10. Rose
  11. Rosewood
  12. Sandlewood


Essential oils are great for skincare and very versatile. Although most are fairly gentle, you should always be cautions when putting anything on your skin. Test first to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities or allergies to the oil, as everyone’s skin reacts different. Additionally, some of these oils should be diluted when used topically so make sure and research each oil before you decide to use one. I keep a pump of carrier oil (I prefer food grade sesame oil) in my bathroom to dilute many of these oils when applying them to my body.

  1. Bergamot-

    Versatile oil used for hormonal support and antibacterial properties. Bergamot works great for skin conditions associated with oily complexions and helps with the distribution of pigments and melanin, evening out skin tones. This oil is used often to eliminate effects of acne and scars and marks that have aged. Bergamot can make skin UV sensitive for up to 36 hours so use with care. Oil should be diluted when used topically.

  2. Cedarwood-

    Regularizes sebum production, which makes it great for acne treatment and eczema therapy. Cedarwood oil also promotes hair growth, is antibacterial and is a lympatic stimulate. This oil is great for treating dandruff, dermatitis and oily skin. Used in high concentrations, Cedarwood Oil may produce irritations on the skin so use in judicious quantities.

  3. Chamomile-

    All hail the calming neutralizer of skin irritants! Chamomile is the all around helper of the essential oils for skincare. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic oil great for treating sensitive skin for acne, eczema and scar tissue. Chamomile is also a natural skin lightener that promotes a healthy glow as it heals and restores skin’s natural moisture content. It is also great to use with other oils as it increases the penetration and effectiveness of other skincare topicals.

  4. Frankincense-

    With a rich history of use as an essential oil, is an important immune stimulant that has the ability to turn off the DNA of cancer cells and restore skin to a healthy state. Frankincense is cytophylactic, which means when applied topically, it helps to eliminate scars, marks after boils, acne pox, and sun spots. It is also great for treating dry skin and regeneration of healthy cells to generally tone and tighten skin all over the body. This makes it great for treating micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks. Frankincense oil can be used undiluted.

  5. Geranium-

    One of the most versatile skincare essential oils. What can’t Geranium do? It is regenerative and healing with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Geranium improves blood flow and acts as an astringent, which makes the skin, tissues and blood vessels contract. When used alone, it can prevent sagging, loose skin and because of its’ astringent qualities, can help prevent wrinkles from forming. Geranium is good for treating dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, scars and skin spots. It also encourages dead skin cells to be recycled and stimulates the production of new cells resulting in more radiant skin.

  6. Lavender-

    One of the most commonly used essential oils, Lavender oil inhibits the bacteria that causes skin infections and helps to regulate the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal regulation. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that promotes tissue regeneration and stimulates the upper layer of skin rejuvenation. Lavender oil is great for perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scaring, stretch marks and burns.

  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)-

    The ultimate disinfecting oil. Tea Tree is anti-microbial, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, all properties making it a great treatment for fighting acne. The oil penetrates the blockage between your skin and the glands and is great at disinfecting pores and drying out whiteheads and blackheads. Tea Tree oil is also great for treating dandruff because of its’ different moisturizing properties while soothing itchy scalp. It can be intense on sensitive skin so you should make sure to test it before use. People suffering from eczema should be cautious in using Tea Tree oil.

  8. Myrrh-

    Prevents signs of aging and is great for soothing cracked or chapped skin. Myrrh is also a great essential oil to use on wrinkled skin or to sooth painful stretch marks.

  9. Neroli-

    Increases blood flow and helps keep skin healthy by promoting skin cell regeneration and preserves skin elasticity. Neroli oil is also great for use on scars, stretch marks, thread veins and wrinkles. It can help relieve under eye circles, balance oil production and clean dirt and bacteria from pores. Neroli is labor intensive to produce which makes it a bit pricey and in turn, harder to find in your local stores.

  10. Rose-

    Contains a complex collection of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rose oil has excellent emollient properties, which makes it an ideal skin moisturizer. This oil is great for refining skin’s texture and controlling psoriasis and dermatitis. Rose oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent and is a good option for reducing appearance of scars and wrinkles.

  11. Rosewood-

    Natural anti-aging oil that is great at minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, treating acne and improves skin’s elasticity, keeping skin healthy, tight and firm.

  12. Sandlewood-

    Mostly used for acne, wrinkles and scars. Sandlewood has a toning effect, which helps in tightening pores and improving skin texture. This oil is also said to revitalize skin by inhibiting many types of cancerous cell growth.


Again, each person is different so make sure you test oils before you use them on your skin and gauge your sensitivity. Diluting the oils with a carrier oil is a good way to minimize your sensitivity and to make your essential oil supply last a bit longer. There are also tons of fantastic ways to incorporate oils into your beauty products and routines (recipes coming soon!) so you are bound to find a formula and application that works for you.





EWG Verified

The Environmental Working Group has developed a new verified seal to identify which products gain their stamp of approval.



EWG’s criteria are based on a variety of health standards:

Products must score a “green” in EWG’s Skin Deep® database.
Products cannot contain any ingredients on EWG’s “Unacceptable” list, meaning ingredients with health, ecotoxicity and/or contamination concerns.
Products cannot contain any ingredients on EWG’s “Restricted” list, which do not meet the restriction set by authoritative bodies and industry institutions.
Products must follow standard ingredient naming guidelines.
Products must fully disclose all ingredients on the label, including ingredients used in fragrance.
Product manufacturers must develop and follow current good manufacturing practices.
Products must follow the European Union’s requirements for labeling fragrance allergens.
Products must follow the European Union’s labeling guidelines for nanomaterials used in cosmetics.
Product labels must indicate an expiration date or a “period of time after opening.”

Companies with products bearing the EWG VERIFIED™ mark must:

Commit to submitting all reports of product problems or serious adverse events to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to EWG.
Agree that EWG has the right to perform random product testing to ensure that all products meet the provisions outlined in EWG’s Criteria.
Understand that EWG’s Skin Deep® is dynamic and that the scoring system may change. They must understand that EWG’s “Unacceptable” and “Restricted” lists will be reviewed annually and updated as needed, with a phase-in period to allow companies to comply with updates to maintain usage of the EWG VERIFIED™ mark.


Find out more on the EWG Website or you can download the complete list of criteria.


EWG’s Skin Deep :: Cosmetics Database

I recently posted about Dara O’Rourke‘s Good Guide website and thought I’d share one more website database I use as a go-to for checking product ingredients before slathering them on my skin. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great resource in checking the chemicals you are exposing yourself to when you choose products. They catalog cosmetic safety information and promote the power of information in protecting human health and the environment.

From the Skin Deep website:

EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold. Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.


The Skin Deep database contains information and online safety assents for 64,000 plus products and almost 2500 brands. It’s a great resource to have bookmarked.


GoodGuide.com tells you what’s what.

How Healthy Are My Beauty Products?

I love trying new products but like to be conscious of the ingredients before I put something on my skin. Truth be told, sometimes it feels tedious to read all of the ingredients and keep all of the information straight on what to avoid in your products when you’re excited about a new lipstick color. For this reason, I love, love, love, the GoodGuide website.
GoodGuide.com was started in 2007 by one of the world’s leading academic experts on global supply chains, Dara O’Rourke. Dara is a professor of environmental and labor policy at the University of California at Berkeley and tracks product lifecycles from extraction to disposal. Aside from the toxic aspects of many products on the market, some of them have other hidden and often disturbing costs such as unfair labor practices or poor working conditions in the manufacturing process. This site tries to take all of these factors into account.

Rate My Products

The database is set up to help you search through products before you purchase them and know what you are getting. GoodGuide.com is a great way to make sure what you buy is healthy, green and socially responsible. Their rating system is 0-10 (with 10 being the best score for a product) and is based on a comprehensive set of health, social and environmental issues.


This website is a fantastic resource and I use it frequently. You can find it at GoodGuide.com and start researching your favorite products right now. With over 200,000 cataloged items, I’m sure you’ll find your products and maybe some healthy alternatives!

Make-up by An

Wow. Just a quick note here about Make-up by An YouTuber. I have been mezmerized for a couple of hours just watching her eye makeup tutorials. Specifically this one using the Toofaced Stardust eyepallette. I would love to try and give these looks a go with an organic line.

Also worth checking out- An’s Snapchat Q&A. Sometimes these tutorials can start to feel pretty ‘faceless’ if you will. I really enjoyed watching this video and it made her that much more endearing.